King David uses his power to take advantage of other. Jesus uses his power to protect and dignify others. Men need to imitate Jesus and not King David. Serving others is what Fatherhood is all about. It’s time we started acting like our heavenly father.
God both knows what we need and cares deeply. Through tragedy God invites us to realize that we are not the center of the universe and that everything is a gift from Him. Tragedy also reminds us how powerless we truly are. We are weak, but God is strong. Peace comes when we can say: Not my will, but Yours be done.
Where would we expect to find the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords? Anywhere but the humble bread on the humble altar of a humble church. Christ becomes present in bread and wine not to “wow” us but to “woo” us. The King of all Hearts wants to be the King of your heart. Will you let Him in?
The Sign of the Cross is our basic statement of belief: the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, but there is only one God. Perfect love makes them perfectly One. This truth tells us where we stand and reminds us how to live. God’s love makes us one Community without destroying our individuality.
Our school fire last year was a terrible tragedy, but the Holy Spirit was moving in that fire to bring something bright, new, and so much better. The Spirit continues to work in the Church to bring unity, to purify us, and to speak to us in every language. The Spirit also moves people to step forward to serve the people of God in special ways – Priests, Deacons, Lay Ministers. The Spirit is moving in their lives and ours. Come, Holy Spirit!
Jesus ascends so He can send us the Holy Spirit. We cannot see the Spirit but we see the effects of His work all around us. Just like the Holy Spirit, mothers work in the background for the success of others. In the same way, the Spirit wants us to be fully alive and prepares us for the coming of the Lord. Let us be grateful for mothers and for the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit works in the Church to show us what it means to be faithful to Jesus here and now. At Baptism we were made members of God’s covenant. We have to be faithful to Jesus. Peace comes from knowing “whose” we are: We belong to God, and God belongs to us. He will always be faithful to us. Will we remain faithful to Him?
Easter, 5th Sunday. The Bible tells the story of the romance between God and His people, from creation “in the beginning” to a New Creation and union with God Today Jesus teaches his apostles the secret to surviving the tribulations and remaining God’s Holy People: If we want to truly be His disciples, we must love one another as Christ has loved us. (29 Apr 2013)
Our parents fed us, first milk, then solid food, now the best food of all: the Eucharist. The Eucharist is when Jesus, the good Shepherd, feeds us, his sheep. This Shepherd became a sheep, the Lamb of God, and then died for His sheep. When we were baptized we were clothed in white and became God’s sheep. Now the sheep come forward to eat from their Shepherd’s hand.
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